Jul 8th, 2008 | LONDON -- The Church of England's ruling body has voted its support for women to become bishops without giving traditionalist supporters of male-only priesthood the concessions they had sought.
One bishop broke down in tears at the meeting of senior British church leaders Monday in York, northern England, as he described his distress at the church's lack of willingness to accommodate traditionalists who have threatened to leave if they felt they were not adequately protected.
First off, yeah C of E...good on you. But WTF about accommodating those who threaten to leave if they're not "adequately protected." Why would that be a goal? This is an emerging paradigm for C of E and there are those who can't tolerate change of any kind. What do you say to those who've threatened to leave? You say, "Goodbye. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
There's really nothing else you can say. Yes it is painful but there's that messy life for you.